Congressman Cheney Leads Effort to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0
For Immediate Release: January 30, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Liz Cheney introduced legislation in the House of Representatives, under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to block implementation of the BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule. Planning 2.0, implemented in the waning days of the Obama Administration, undermines local land management, dilutes the authority of our county commissioners, and opens up the possibility that foreign non-governmental organizations would have input in Wyoming’s land use management planning process.
“Under the Obama Administration, lands in Wyoming and all across the west were the target of aggressive federal regulations that were devastating to our jobs, our land, and our way of life. Following weeks of consultation with fellow Members of Congress, Governor Matt Mead and numerous state industry and local government groups, I’m pleased to introduce legislation to repeal BLM Planning 2.0,” Congressman Cheney said.
“Planning 2.0 represents a federal power grab that ignores expert knowledge and undermines the ability of state and local governments to effectively manage resources and land use inside their own districts. Planning 2.0 dilutes the authority of governors, state regulators, local governments and the public to engage in collaborative land use management planning across huge swaths of the American West. I look forward to continue working hand-in-hand with Senators Enzi and Barrasso, as well as other leaders in Congress and the Executive Branch, as we repeal ineffective, unconstitutional and out-of-control federal regulations that stand in the way of meaningful economic growth and job creation for Wyoming,” Cheney concluded.
"BLM Planning 2.0 is an example of the type of Obama Administration regulations that have placed a tremendous burden on businesses and local government officials across the west. Congressman Cheney deserves to be commended for moving swiftly in consultation with local industry, as well as state and federal officials, to champion the effort to reverse this rule and bring much-needed relief from last minute actions taken by the Obama Administration,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is an oversight tool that Congress may use to overturn a rule issued by a federal agency. When Congress passes a law, it grants rulemaking authority to federal agencies to implement provisions in the law.
Under the CRA, once a rule is finalized and transmitted to Congress, a 60 day window begins where a member of Congress can introduce a resolution of disapproval to repeal the recently finalized agency rule. Resolutions of disapproval introduced during this 60 day window enjoy fast-track consideration in the Senate. This makes it much more likely that these resolutions will pass in the Senate and ultimately be signed into law.
Congressional Review Act (CRA) Text Relating to BLM Planning 2.0:
Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior relating to ‘‘Resource Management Planning’’ (published at 81 Fed. Reg. 89580 (December 12, 2016), and such rule shall have no force or effect.
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